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April Fool’s cupcakes!

Last night, I decided to do something different for April Fool’s day.  Usually you get a bunch of people pulling stupid pranks on their friends.  I didn’t want to do that.   I wanted everyone to be excited but puzzled when they saw my April Fool’s Joke and then once they realized the joke, be happy!

I went through my cupcake books because I remembered seeing a TV Dinner made of cupcakes. I found that and more! I seriously considered making the spaghetti and meatballs cupcakes from the same book, Hello Cupcake! by Karen Tack and Alan Richardson.  Then I opened up their second book What’s New, Cupcake? There I found what I thought would be the best cupcake for April Fool’s Day.  I went out yesterday and picked up the supplies I needed.  The recipes in the book call for various candies and I couldn’t find all of the exact things I needed. (apparently green nonpareils are hard to find in regular stores! I settled for Dark Green Sugar)  I ended up getting Starburst for the colored things like carrots and egg. I got Jelly Bellies for the peas. Airheads were the only green candies I could find so that is what makes up the broccoli. The cupcakes are vanilla with vanilla tinted frosting. I tried to take my time making them so that the details wouldn’t be lost.  Some of the other times I have made cupcakes from the books, I was in a hurry and something always came out off by a bit, which seriously made me angry. 😛 They took me around 4 hours from start to finish! 😀

Pork Lo Mein and Vegetable Fried Rice with Fortune Cookies for dessert (complete with fortunes!)

We put the Fortune cookies at the bottom of the Red Take Out boxes and delivered them to the guys working in the Halliburton office as well as, Ratalon’s family. Everyone thought they were adorable and said they were delicious as well! Score! 😀

Happy April Fool’s Day!!

 
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Posted by on April 1, 2011 in The Bakery!

 

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Everything Lo Mein!

Denise and Tom wanted to cook something with me so I chose a good looking recipe from my new Rachael Ray cookbook! Everything Lo Mein. We fired up the laptops and cooked over skype. I only cooked half a recipe and they made a whole one. If you follow the recipe exactly, I would double the amount of sauce you make. Otherwise, the pasta will be a bit dry. I also will probably add a little more garlic next time I make it. Shrimp would be really good in this as well as fried tofu.

Everything Lo Mein
Recipe courtesy Rachael Ray
Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 15 min
Level: Easy
Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients:

Sauce:
* 3 rounded tablespoons hoisin sauce
* 3 tablespoons dark soy, eyeball it
* 3 tablespoons water, eyeball it
* 2 teaspoons hot sauce, eyeball it

Everything Lo Mein:
* 1 pound spaghetti
* Salt
* 1/4 cup vegetable oil, divided
* 2 large eggs, beaten
* 3 chicken breast cutlets, thinly sliced into strips
* 3 thin cut pork chops, thinly sliced into strips
* Black pepper
* 2 teaspoons ground coriander
* 2 inches fresh ginger, chopped or grated
* 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
* 6 scallions, cut into 3-inch lengths then sliced lengthwise
* 1/2 pound shiitake mushrooms, chopped
* 1 red bell pepper, cut into quarters, seeded, then sliced
* 1 small can sliced water chestnuts
* 2 cups fresh bean sprouts, 4 generous handfuls or 1/2 pound shredded cabbage, your choice

Directions:
Mix together sauce ingredients and reserve.

Bring pasta water to a boil, salt water and cook spaghetti to al dente.

While pasta cooks, heat a tablespoon of vegetable oil in a large, nonstick skillet over high heat. When oil ripples, add beaten eggs and scramble them to light golden brown, remove and reserve.

Season the meat with salt, pepper and coriander. Heat the remaining vegetable oil to a ripple, then add meat and stir-fry 4 minutes, push meat to the side and add ginger, garlic and veggies. Stir-fry veggies 2 minutes, then drain and add pasta and eggs back to skillet. Pour sauce over the spaghetti and toss to combine. Turn off pan. Toss 30 seconds and let the liquids absorb.

 
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Posted by on September 16, 2009 in General Food, Meals!

 

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